My Interactive Course in Transit Network Design, which has been offered across North America and also in Australia, finally arrives in New Zealand in December. One two-day session is already sold out, so we're offering another, in central Auckland, on December 5 and 6.
Much professional training in transit will teach you about quantifying demand, understanding statistics about what transit achieves, studying the features of the various transit technologies, and seeing how transit relates to other goals for governments, individuals, and businesses. All that is valuable, but there's a piece missing: Few people get hands-on experience working with transit as a tool, understanding how to use this tool to build a transit network. Learning to think creatively with these tools is the essence of transit planning.
I believe in teaching transit planning the way you'd teach carpentry. A carpentry class might involve a lecture about the physical structure of wood and how to not kill yourself with a saw, but after that, you'll only learn carpentry by doing it.
The course is a built around a series of exercises where students work together to design transit networks for a fictional city, based on its geography and a set of cost limitations. The exercises let students learn the basic tools and materials by actually working with them to develop creative solutions to a series of planning problems.
Issues covered include network design, frequency, right-of-way, basic operations costing, and interactions with urban form. This course is well suited for professionals, students, community leaders and local government staff.
The course is done in intensive format covering one or two days. Longer versions can be developed on request. About 60% of class time is in interactive exercises, while most of the rest consists of group discussion based on the results of the interactive work.
Download the flyer for the New Zealand session here: Download PT_course-Week2 Hope to see you there!